28 Jan 2019
Taking the (Polar) Plunge
Image (c) Heritage Expeditions
Spending the night anchored off Cape Evans we woke to a colder day of -7°C, but that didn't deter a hardy group of 20 expeditioners who took the Polar Plunge by jumping off Spirit of Enderby's gangway into a bracing -0.6°C Ross Sea after a second visit to Scott's Hut.
After recuperating in the sauna and a hearty lunch we set our course as far south as we could go. While our attempts to reach Hut Point Peninsula were thwarted by the previous winter's thick, fast ice, we dropped anchor and enjoyed another walk across the ice in the company of a Crabeater Seal and a waddle of curious Adélie Penguins.
This evening we cruised along the ice's edge spotting Emperor Penguins, Weddell Seals and small pod of Minke Whales. The time has now come to head north.
Image (c) S Blanc With the satisfying crunch of icy snow underfoot and furls of smoke peeling off Mount Erebus in the distance, we make our way ac...READ MORE
Image (c) K Ovsyanikova After six days at sea skirting a major low depression occupying the North-West region of the Ross Sea we are met with spec...READ MORE